For those who have never heard of the term "bokeh", it's basically the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens, and defined as "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light". Some would say that to achieve this effect, a quality lens and / or studio is required, but Laya Gerlock shows us why aluminum foil is all you need. Other supplies required include: a camera w/large aperture lens, speedlights, a wireless trigger, gels, aluminum foil or silver wrapping paper, and scissors / tape. Continue reading for the full tutorial.
There are thousands of new apps being uploaded to app stores on a daily basis, but sometimes, you just get tired of them, no matter how innovative they appear to be. If you fall under that category, then why not learn how to transform your smartphone into a 3D hologram projector? The video above showcases what you'll be making, albeit a much cruder version. However, once completed, you'll be entertained for hours, or so we think. Continue reading to learn how.
Have the day off, or just want to kill some time wherever you may be? These cool and geeky projects should keep you busy, starting with a miniature bow and arrow. Grab a sharp knife, popsicle stick, a cotton ear swab, dental floss, and you'll be ready to start. Then it's just a matter of cutting, soaking the stick in water for an hour, and then tying the floss onto the piece of wood. Continue reading for more.
Household Hacker's Dylan Hart shows how to build a functional safe using only LEGO bricks. Hart says: "We will be creating a hidden drawer inside a lego block that will not draw suspicion. By attaching some magnets to our final project we can create a safe only accessible if you know where the internal magnet is." Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of someone dancing to the beat of a real car alarm.
Buying the CD version of "Awesome Mix: Vol. 1" just isn't enough for some fans, so why not make your own version that doubles as an MP3 player? That's exactly what Instructables user "BrittLiv" did, and the resulting device is something worthy to be placed in Marvel's next installment. On a related note, did you know that the soundtrack album reached number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, becoming the first soundtrack album in history consisting entirely of previously released songs to top the chart? Continue reading for more pictures and a link to the actual instructions page.
Sure, many gadgets today have built-in lithium-ion batteries, but for those that still require them, rechargeable is the way to go, as they save both money and reduce hazardous waste. Unfortunately, many require charging times in excess of 4 hours. So, Instructables user Shawn Frayne decided to show the internet how to create a pocket-sized solar battery charger using just a playing card and some supplies. Continue reading for a video and the instructions.
Don't have a pool and can't find a local YMCA or gym? Well, there's always the option of building your own giant water blob at home. Simply put, a water blob is basically a large piece of plastic sheeting that's filled with water. When completed, it makes a cool, dry play surface for all ages. Want extra cooling? Turn on a sprinkler and place the blob nearby to transform it into a Slip'N Slide of sorts. Continue reading for the tutorial.
Always wanted your own airsoft machine gun, but don't want to shell out the money for a real weapon? This video is just for you, as all you'll need to build your own is: a Soda Bottle, 5/16" x 8" Automotive Brake Line, 1/4" Quick Release Air Compressor Fitting, and an Air Compressor Blow Gun. Continue reading for a video.
Tired of regular bowls? Then why not make your own chocolate bowls? All you need are some standard balloons, melted chocolate (any variety would work), and you're ready to go. These are great for ice cream and possibly a few other frozen snacks. Continue reading for the tutorial.
Sometimes, showering after a long day out is just not possible, without stepping into a hotel, that is unless...you make your own portable shower. If you follow these 6 easy steps, smelling fresh after a long hike, extended sports sessions, etc., will be easier than ever. Continue reading for the tutorial.